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Priest injured in Mexico plane crash

A priest who was on board an Aeromexico flight that crashed in the Mexican state of Durango sustained injuries but was ‘alert and resting,’ his archdiocese has announced.

Though the airline reported no fatalities, Fr Esequiel Sanchez, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois, Chicago, was one of about 80 reportedly injured during the crash of flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City on 31st July.

Authorities have not said what led to the crash, but some speculate that bad weather may have been a factor. The plane reportedly crashed shortly after it had taken off in stormy weather.

Local Chicago television news station ABC 7 interviewed Fr Manuel Padilla, vice rector of the Guadalupe shrine in suburban Chicago, who said in a that Fr Sanchez had called after the crash to say he was doing “more or less okay”, but has “some broken bones”.

The Archdiocese of Durango said on Twitter that the priest’s injuries are not life-threatening. A biography of the priest on the website for the shrine says the priest’s parents are from Durango.

One news story said he was visiting relatives there and was supposed to be returning to the Chicago area on the day of the flight.

Picture: Rescuers work at the site where a plane crashed in Durango, Mexico, on 31st July. An Aeromexico plane carrying more than 100 people crashed in the northern Mexican state of Durango on Tuesday, but there were no fatalities, authorities said. (STR/Xinhua News Agency/PA).